The CLP Regulation entered into force across all EU member states, including the UK, on 20 January 2009 . To assist chemical suppliers in managing the change from the old system (CHIP) to CLP a lengthy two-phase transitional period was applied.
The first phase covered substances and ran until 30 November 2012. Since 1 December 2012, the CLP Regulation has applied in full to substances placed on the market.
The second phase covered mixtures (formerly preparations) and ran until 31 May 2015. From 1 June 2015, the CLP Regulation applies in full to mixtures that are placed on the market.
Derogation from re-labelling and re-packaging of mixtures
There are certain limited circumstances where the transitional arrangements for mixtures can be extended. Where a mixture (formerly a preparation) has already been classified, labelled and packaged according to CHIP, and placed on the market before 1 June 2015, it does not have to be recalled for re-labelling and re-packaging. This derogation is available until 1 June 2017. From that date, mixtures placed on the market must comply with the CLP Regulation.
Note: there is no derogation for classification responsibilities.